Downpatrick Jockey Wins On First Race At Ayr

Downpatrick teenager Daniel McMenamin  had a dream start to his racing career at Ayr when winning on his first ever racecourse ride on Western Rules trained by his boss Nicky Richards.

Daniel McMenamin pictured in the winners enclosure with top Northern trainer Nicky Richards

The 17-year old came through to excellent advantage when winning in a photo finish.  The local amateur rider, a graduate of the pony racing circuit, said: “I was absolutely over the moon. I must thank Mr Richards and the owners for putting me up.

Daniel McMenamin on the outside wins on Western Rules on his first ever ride

The local family have no previous association with horse racing and Daniel added:“ It was amazing knowing all my family and friends in Downpatrick were watching.”

McMenamin rode numerous winners on the pony racing circuit and rode some point-to-pointers in training before a spell with Brian Hamilton.   He said: “I want to thank Brian. He was very good to me and coached me well in riding. I owe him a lot. He’s a top trainer and knows how to ride and was himself a champion amateur.

“I have been with Nicky Richards for six months and hope to remain here in the future. I might consider being a conditional rider when I gain more experience.

“Winning at Ayr last week is a day I’ll never forget and I just hope it was the first of many wins.”